• Help I’ve got the flu! – Elderberry Syrup

    It seems the flu season is upon us! Everyone I know has it or knows someone who has it and as a result, I’ve spent alot of time over the last week or so talking about Elderberry syrup. It is my goto remedy for flu. Research shows that it can reduce duration of symptoms by 4 days. It is anti-viral and helps regulate a fever by encouraging sweating which cools the body naturally. Unless you are in a high risk group (see current NHS advice) flu can be managed at home with proper rest, hydration and generally being nice and gentle with yourself. Elderberry syrup is a delicious herbal way to do just that. It is a wonderful and freely available native remedy which can easily be made at home for the price of a bag of sugar. Sadly, the wild elderberries are long gone this year but you can get dried elderberries online. So, here’s the recipe:

    Elderberries (I find that 50g dried berries yields 200-250ml syrup)

    Boiling water

    Sugar

    Just cover the berries with water and boil for 15-20 mins adding more water if it looks like boiling dry.

    Simmer down ‘til the berries are just covered.

    Strain, press the berries through a sieve and measure the liquid.

    Add 100g sugar per 100ml liquid

    Return to the pan, heat to dissolve the sugar and simmer briefly to thicken.

    Pour into a sterilized bottle, date and label.

    The research indicates a dose of 15ml, 4 times a day. You can take this by the spoonful but it is also nice as a hot drink. As hot fluids are important to keep you warm and hydrated, I would recommend this and, funnily enough, my own research tells me that 3 teaspoons (15ml) is just the right amount to make a mug of hot water tasty!

    Stay cosy, plenty of hot drinks and take it easy. You’ll be feeling better soon.

    Cx

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